Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

The Honourable Anita R. Neville, P.C., O.M.

Learning at the Leg Teacher Education Luncheon

Remarks by

The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Manitoba Legislative Building

Thursday, August 17, 2023, 12 noon

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Educators and fellow Manitobans it’s a pleasure to join you today as you explore our democratic system of government and prepare yourselves to inspire young people to learn.

It is my privilege to acknowledge that we are meeting on Treaty One land and in the heartland of the Red River Metis. I acknowledge that the province we love, and that I represent as Lieutenant Governor, is the traditional and the present-day home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuit and Red River Metis peoples.

Together, we are working to advance understanding, healing and reconciliation and come together as partners to build a better future.

Our hopes for a better future – for a future of understanding and opportunity, fairness and justice – depend on our ability and eagerness to learn.

More than ever, full participation in society requires the ability to learn new concepts and to think critically about ideas and information coming our way at ever-increasing speeds.

Your students’ future ability to thrive economically will depend on their ability to acquire skills – some of which none of us can even anticipate right now.

But their ability to have a voice in the world around them is equally important. In a rapidly evolving information ecosystem, they will need skills to assess claims about reality and find their way in a world of political, legal, social and economic disagreement.

They will need to know how the decisions that affect them, their loved ones and their communities are made.

For Canadians, bombarded as we are by news and entertainment making reference to presidents and governors or quoting the American Declaration of Independence, it’s even more important for students to learn about our system of government.

In my previous work as a school trustee it was my privilege to witness the passion for learning that educators inspired in their students.

It was gratifying and fascinating to learn how teachers brought material to life and it was thrilling to see how students made new ideas and understanding their own.

As you take what you learn in this program back to your schools and develop new lessons, the obvious first beneficiaries of your work and dedication will be your students.

But our entire province and country will ultimately benefit from the knowledge and engagement of citizens who better understand what government does, how it works and how the people can shape its actions and priorities.

For you, Learning at the Leg is two days of discussions and presentations in this beautiful landmark building. The result for your students may well be a lifetime of commitment to a stronger, more responsive democracy.

Thank you for your dedication to learning and to democracy.

Merci. Meegwich.